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"I-We" Boundary Fluctuations in Couple Adjustment to Colorectal Cancer and Life with a Permanent Colostomy: A Qualitative Validation Study

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dc.contributor.advisor Fergus, Karen D.
dc.creator McCarthy, Molly Clare
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-26T15:04:28Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-26T15:04:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2014-08-13
dc.date.issued 2015-01-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10315/28261
dc.description.abstract This study aims to validate a classification system of couple adjustment to cancer, developed with breast and prostate cancer patients. The classification proposes that couples undergo fluctuations between togetherness (“We”-ness) and separateness (“I”-ness) during their cancer experience, which may affirm or erode their mutual identity. The application of the classification system to couples coping with colorectal cancer (CRC) and permanent colostomies served as a novel approach to member checking as a means of validation. Nine couples were interviewed. Transcripts were coded for “I-We” shifts in couples’ adjustment, either as these were implicitly described within their dialogue, or as they were explicitly self-identified by the couple. With the exception of four “We”-eroding shifts, all of the previously identified shifts within the “I-We” classification system were observed. One new “I-We” shift was developed from this analysis. Implications to colorectal cancer patients with colostomies and theories of couple resilience emphasizing “We”-ness are discussed.
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject Psychology
dc.subject Oncology
dc.title "I-We" Boundary Fluctuations in Couple Adjustment to Colorectal Cancer and Life with a Permanent Colostomy: A Qualitative Validation Study
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology (Functional Area: Clinical Psychology)
dc.degree.name MA - Master of Arts
dc.degree.level Master's
dc.date.updated 2015-01-26T15:04:28Z
dc.subject.keywords Member checking en_US
dc.subject.keywords Colorectal cancer en_US
dc.subject.keywords Colostomy en_US
dc.subject.keywords Dyadic coping en_US
dc.subject.keywords We-ness en_US
dc.subject.keywords Adjustment to cancer en_US
dc.subject.keywords Couple resilience en_US
dc.subject.keywords Validation en_US

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